On Thursday 6th September, Primary 6 became the first year group to perform for an assembly this year. This term, all of our assemblies are focused on our five school values.
For our P6 assembly we focused on responsibility.
As a whole year group, we decided together how we wanted to share our ideas about being responsible. We then volunteered for different roles throughout the performance and we wrote our own speaking parts, created drama scenes and choreographed dances.
We also learned and performed a new song about responsibility, to the tune of One Directions ‘That’s What Makes You Beautiful’, to finish our assembly. Every member of P6 had a part to play, we were all included in some way.
“I was really nervous, but the assembly was amazing. I felt proud afterwards.” – Anna
“I felt like birds were flying in my tummy, after I felt happy!” – Victoria
“I felt nervous at first because we hadn’t learned our drama scene perfectly, but on the day it went smoothly and I felt amazing when we did it right.” -Bailey
P6 Hi-Five Group have been working on the Chrome Books with their writing. Here is what they have to say about their learning…
“Hi-Five is fun because we are learning something new” – Kirsty
“It’s fun because we get to use the Chrome Books” – Harvey
“It’s good because it improves your skills in writing, reading and spelling” – Isla
“It’s exciting!” – Aimee
“It’s good to have a mixture of reading and writing” – Andrew
“Hi-Five is good fun” – Alex
We have been working on letters to send to different groups and organisations in Dunblane that we hope to visit soon because our topic is Destination Dunblane.
In a group Caitlin, Ella, Isla, Abigail, Ruaridh, Lennon, Freya and Eve made our class a charter so we all can all recognise some of our rights and responsibilities.
In class we have been talking about children’s rights and responsibilities .We made a group poster about it and we did a short performance on it.
We led a Responsibility Assembly. It was about why we should be responsible at home and school. It went very well. We made dramas about being responsible in relation to the ‘laws of the land’, the environment, to our parents and school.
Please follow the link below for P.6 Meet the Teacher information leaflet.
P.6 Sharing Learning Leaflet
As part of their learning context, P5 have been actively working on achieving their own personal John Muir Award. As part of the Award the children have explored the school grounds and taken part in a variety of outdoor learning experiences, which they have thoroughly enjoyed. As well as exploring the school grounds, they have visited Holmehill, a local woodland area. Whilst visiting Holmehill the children had great fun searching for a ‘secret tunnel’, participated in a scavenger hunt and measured the ages of trees to compare with the trees back in the school grounds.
For our second outing we were lucky enough to have the support of Rosie who is a volunteer for TCV, she planned a mini-beast hunt and discussed air quality with the children. Thank you to all our volunteers who allowed us to visit Holmehill.
Primary 5 are learning all about ‘The Rainforest’ this term. So far we know about the location of different rainforests across the world, the climate, the plants and animals that live there and the different layers of the rainforest.
We completed up close line drawings of different animals you would find in the rainforest. We outlined them in black and then coloured using oil pastels. They look extremely vibrant and realistic.
Thank you very much to Freya’s mum (P5K) who gave us a fantastic talk all about her job as a botanist and her experiences in the rainforest. We enjoyed seeing lots of amazing pictures, handling items that had come all the way from the rainforest and we still can’t believe that she’s actually written a book. Thank you again!
Primary 5 have been lucky enough to have the expertise of Mr Connery and his colleagues from Dunblane High School and Leigh Austin from the Dunblane Centre, to support our learning context this term. Our STEM focus is on simple chemical reactions, changing state and dissolving. Both Mr Connery and Leigh enhanced the children’s learning, through practical and fun science experiments demonstrating some chemical reactions taking place. Their favourite was elephant toothpaste and making iron.
The children have been learning about scientific reports and how we make experiments fair. They are beginning to think like a scientist, creating scientific questions, predicting what might happen (hypothesis), observing and recording what actually happened and drawing conclusions. We look forward to seeing you at the ‘Family Learning’ session on Tuesday 27th March (am), where the children will take on the role of the teacher to teach you something new!
As part of our ‘School of Magic’ context this term, primary 5 have been reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a novel study.
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about some of the different roles involved in literature circles (an in-depth discussion about a given text). Some of the roles are as follows:
- Question Master – ask a range of questions that check/help understanding of the text, ask my group to suggest reasons for a character’s behaviour or to explain why problems have arisen
- Character Cop – understand a character’s personality, relationships and emotions and explain how these make a character do something surprising or unexpected, understanding of a character to predict how they will react to an event or to explain why they reacted to an event in a particular way
- Illustrator – use detail from the text to make visual representation accurate
- Word Wizard – identify and predict the meaning of tricky words using surrounding text and can offer an alternative word
- Summariser – summarise the main ideas of a text
- Connector – talk and write about links made between one story and a range of media (book, film, TV) or real life
- Fortune Teller – predict what will happen next in the story
- Writer’s Tricks – understand the different tricks that writers use and explain why they use them, identify examples of writer’s tricks within a text and explain the effect they have
Throughout our shared reading sessions we have been practising all of these roles. As from next week we will work in small groups, using these roles to help us analyse and evaluate the remaining chapters of the novel.
On Thursday 25th January we had a visit from Jennifer Morrison who works for Quality Meat Scotland. The children learned about where our meat comes from and how to recognise if our meat comes from Scotland. They also learned about the eat well plate (ensuring a balanced diet) and the many benefits of protein. Following that they had a cooking demonstration on how to make beef fajitas that involved a few helpers. Throughout, Jennifer highlighted the importance of hygiene whilst cooking as well as giving them many tips on how to be safe in the kitchen. The children had the opportunity to taste what was made, with many commenting on how delicious they were.
This term Primary 5 have been learning about the ‘Scottish Wars of Independence’ alongside performing a show called ‘McHistory’. The show has taught us all about Scottish history and influential figures that have helped shape Scotland today. We have also learned about what is involved in putting on a performance.
We separated into groups so that everyone had a role and part to play. The set design group decided what our staging would look like and any props we needed. We had to paint a racing car, a milk float, bookshelves, a clock, teacher’s desk and door for the classroom. The dancers choreographed their own dances. We had to make sure that the dances tied in with the songs we were singing. The songs helped tell the story throughout the performance. We had an amazing band of musicians who played everything from violins and drums to glockenspiels, hand bells and maracas.
On Monday 20th of November we held a dress rehearsal to the entire school. Then on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd we performed ‘McHistory’ to our friends and family. Everyone thought that it was funny, interesting and informative!
Written by Alex R, May, Sienna, Euan and Annabelle